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Max Brill is a graduate of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business (2021).

He currently works for the Chicago Cubs as a Professional Scout in the Professional Scouting department.

Max has worked for the New York Mets as a Player Development Intern and the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod Baseball League as a beat writer. He has also contributed as an analyst for the Michigan Baseball Team and a Communications and PR intern for Michigan Athletics. Max was born and raised in the greatest city in the world, New York City, and grew up a die-hard Mets fan. He is the creator of Musings of a Baseball Addict.

How to contact Max:

Twitter: @maxjbrill

  • Top 25 MLB Players Under 25 For 2019

    10 returners including the list-topping Alex Bregman comprise the 2019 Top 25 Under 25.

  • 2019 Season Preview: New York Mets

    How will this Mets team perform after a busy offseason? Max Brill discusses.

  • The Case for the Hall: Scott Rolen

    When all was said and done, Rolen finished his career as one of the best defensive third basemen of all-time who also carried an above-average bat for the majority of his career. The trouble is that Rolen was never seen as a team leader, and never led the league in any statistical categories. For voters that are all-in on triple crown stats, Rolen’s leave something to be desired—his 2077 hits would be the lowest total of any third baseman enshrined since World War II and his run and RBI totals are good, but nothing spectacular. Additionally, his reputation as a “clubhouse cancer,” as some teammates in Philadelphia referred to him, is doing him no favors.

  • The Case for the Hall: Andruw Jones

    According to Fangraphs’ Defensive Runs Above Average stat (DEF), which attempts to measure a player’s value relative to others at his position and relative to other positions, Jones’ DEF is 278.8, first among all outfielders to ever play the game of baseball. Jones’ DEF is eons ahead of second place Willie Mays’ DEF, which is a mere 100 runs lower at 170.1. The gap between Jones’ 278.8 DEF and Mays’ 170.1 DEF is larger than the gap between Mays’ DEF and 27th-placed Chet Lemon’s 63.3 DEF. And Baseball Reference agrees with Fangraphs—they credit Jones with 234.7 runs saved from fielding, first among all outfielders ever.

  • The Case for the Hall: Larry Walker

    Some people prefer to elect folks who had long careers only, but Walker was so good during his prime that the fact that he only played for 17 years should not come back to bite him. JAWS, which is a metric that takes a player’s career rWAR and averages it with their 7-year peak rWAR gives Walker a 58.7 JAWS. The average Hall of Fame right fielder has a JAWS of 57.8, which is right around what Walker has. Keep in mind that WAR already penalizes Walker for his home ballpark, so these numbers include an adjustment for Coors. I don’t like to use WAR as the be-all end-all stat, but it’s good to use as a benchmark and Walker measures up perfectly.

  • Time to Change it Up: An Examination of Changeup Usage and Effectiveness from 2015-2018

    A 2010 study conducted by Dave Allen over at The Baseball Analysts suggested that all else equal, pitchers should try to avoid throwing their changeups to same-handed hitters and should be more willing to throw their changeups to opposite-handed hitters. 2010 was nearly a decade ago and baseball statistics, technology, and data manipulation have come quite far since then, so we figured we would investigate Allen’s claim that a changeup thrown to an opposite-handed hitter should be more effective than one thrown to a same-handed hitter. What we found was not what we expected.

  • Breaking Down Clayton Kershaw’s Contract Option

    Clayton Kershaw, in his postgame presser after Sunday night’s World Series loss to the Boston Red Sox, told reporters that he had three days to think about whether he would opt out of the remainder of his seven-year, $215 million… Read More ›

  • Creating a Dynasty Part 6: Season One Review

    Good thing the season’s over and I don’t have to worry about this roster until March. Until then, I just have to wait. And then after that, I’ll have to wait a little more. Still, though, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Brandon Nimmo: A Second Reason to Watch the Mets

    Yes—an article about a non-Jacob deGrom Met. Max Brill highlights an under the radar breakout season from Brandon Nimmo.

  • Creating a Dynasty Part 5: First All-Star Break

    Read Part 1: First Looks and Introductions by clicking here. Read Part 2: Evaluating the Talent by clicking here. Read Part 3: Opening Waivers by clicking here. Read Part 4: Initial Trading by clicking here. I figured I would post… Read More ›